“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it – but all that had gone before.”
It can be hard to keep going when it feels like nothing is happening from all your efforts.
You work and work on something, you give it your very best, and you feel like you’re going in circles, getting nowhere.
In my experience, there are times when things happen faster than we expect, but unfortunately that’s not very often. Most of the time it takes longer than we want.
As a friend of mine used to joke, “God, give me patience and I want it NOW!”
A worthy goal is a challenging goal. You’re asking yourself to stretch to new levels of performance.
Of course it’s going to be tough!
So break it up into small bites. Celebrate every little victory. Give yourself bite sized rewards for meeting goals and deadlines.
Have a clear vision of who you want to BE, and how this will be helping you to BE that person.
Remember our quote and get used to telling yourself that you never know which blow will be number 101.
Because you don’t. Until the rock cracks.